Currently my dosage is 1600mg per day
How long would it take to be weaned off gabapentin and at what intervals?
Question posted by JanetMarie on 24 Aug 2013
Last updated on 27 July 2021
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Hi I was on Gabapentin 300mg for 1 year, used it for nerve damage, which honestly didn't do anything but leave me in Fog, just a blah feeling all day, felt like snacking at night alot. I had bad headaches, that was really the only withdrawal I had. With a higher dose I would ask your doc. At the time of the Gabapentin my oncologist also put me on Citalopram 20mg. I always felt hungry no matter what or when I ate. I'm very active, so will increase my walking etc..however, i did have a significant amount of weight gain , after chemo is when I really noticed at follow-up appt. Saying Wow! another 5 lbs in one month! Since the Gabapentin wasn't helping i stopped it. Now I'm thinking of stopping the Citalopram. Maybe stopping both with help regain some control. Suggestions on another med for nerve pain??
I have been taking Gabapentin 1800mg 3 times a day for over 7 years. Yep, 5400mg/day. Just in the last year I have been having some major symptoms of jerking, dizziness, lacking coordination, memory loss and difficulty speaking. I'm getting scared so I backed down to 1800mg 2 times a day without much notice in pain return. Btw I take it for peripheral neuropathy. I am worried the side affects wont go away and the damage has been done.
I realize this is an old post, but I thought I would add my own experience anyway. I have only been taking gabapentin for about 4 months. I recently got off of my klonopin in December. I was taking 300mg of gabapentin a few times a day one one and then three at night. I am now down to 300mg twice a day, hoping to be off very soon as it has cause 10lb weight gain in 2 months :( looking forward to being free from all pharmaceuticals. Does anyone have any experience with losing the weight from gabapentin after weaning off of the drug? Thank you!
I started Gabapentin after recovering from shingles and developing postherpetic pruitus(itching). I worked my way up to 600mg 4X(2400mg daily) per day as it seemed to be the only level in which I felt normal. After 90 days, gaining 10lbs, and not knowing if my condition had improved, I decided to taper off the medication to see if I could get off completely or determine the minimum amount I needed. I removed one 300 mg pill every 3 days until I got down to 300mg 4 times daily(1200 mg). When it was time to go to 3 pills, my doctor switched me to Gralise which is the extended release version. I am now on the 3rd day of 300 mg 3x daily and will go to two pills per day tomorrow. The irony is that my itching has not gotten substantially worse as I have taken pills away. Through the process, I have been taking ReMag which is a liquid magnesium supplement. I have suffered few symptoms beyond poor visual acuity, a little bit of agitation, and some fatigue. I am eager to get off this medication once and for all!
Was at 1800mg per day now trying to wean down to 600mg per day
I got off this drug in 28 days I and I feel amazing again/ don’t let anyone ever give you this!
I weaned from the 1800 mg to 0
First time took 300 off in afternoon. 7 days. Then took another 300 in pm. Went down to every 5 days after this LAST WEEK WENT TO 400 mg for 4 days and then down to 300 for 2 days. Then dumped the pills in a bag to take to police department to get rid of!
I took 1000 mg magnesium a day. While I have anxiety still I’m tapering off another nasty drug Effexor onto a safer gentler one lexapro. I know this one might be difficult but I am going to do it too! Don’t ever ever take these drugs. They mess with you/
How long and how to ween off 1800 mg a day of gabapentin can anyone help me ?
I just started about 4 weeks ago taking 300 mg of Gabapentin for leg pain, how do i ween off if them? Thanks in advance
I’ve been on Gabapentin for 8-9 years and I started tapering in June 2017. I’m tapering by 10% and holding there for 2 weeks. As you get closer to the end you should go slower and hold it longer. I have found this to be the best way for me. I tapered off Cymbalta like this and I’m completely off it now. Best wishes and take care everyone.
I was on only 300 mg. in the morning. I switched to the 100 mg. caps and started eliminating one about every 3 wks. I had no withdrawal.
200 mg daily
Hi I have ms I am drinking 2 gabapentin 300 mg 3 times at day this makings me loos the balance and my coordination i going to stop talking gabapentin i don't know but i been depressed on this day you feeling the same?
900mg per day
Hi, all my name is phil .
I been on Gabapentin over 3 years dose 1200mg three times a day .
I wish to come off these and reading these post I better see my doctor before coming off.
I getting blurred vision and weight gain since they change suppliers .
Also major spazams or tremors not sure how to discribe it .
My Gabapentin was thin yellow tablets now a thick green and white tablet I was wondering if the coating the problem .
Any advise welcome
300mg a day
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